"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" December 2011 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

December 2011 - Posts

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From Orwell, Remy and Reason.tv: "Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained Now, Trying to Come Visit Christmas Eve!" by TokyoTom

Christmas fun at YouTube, from Reason.tv! Remy: Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained (A Very TSA Christmas) In seasons past, Grandma only had to worry about getting run over by a reindeer. With "Grandma Got Run Over by TSA," web sensation Remy...
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Great discussion of banking and monetary issues by Larry White of the Mercatus Center at Guatemala's "University of Free Marketers" by TokyoTom

I just ran across at George Mason University's Mercatus Center a helpful video featuring Lawrence H. White, professor of economics at GMU, discussing "Thoughts on Monetary Policy, Free Banking and Financial Crisis". In watching the video...
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Great Tom Woods video addressing the unconsidered, reflexive fears by some progressives of Ron Paul by TokyoTom

On August 29, Tom Woods posted at YouTube a 9-minute video response to an AlterNet.org article " 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution ." Woods' video, entitled War Is Better Than Ron Paul, Say (Many) Progressives...
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A movement to amend the Constitution is ALREADY underway. See Harvard Law School's Larry Lessig on why we need to call for a Constitutional Convention by TokyoTom

HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig delivered his "Keynote from the Left" at the Conference on the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 24-26, 2011. The conference was co-sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots . Lessig presented his speech again at Google...
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What if Cato held a conference on how the War on Drugs was a massive FAILURE, but no one noted that the Feds and others BENEFIT SPECTACULARLY from all the costs? by TokyoTom

It might be unfair to judge just from the short clip below ( put together by Reason.tv ) that's making the rounds, but it appears to be the case that no one at Cato's Novermber 15 conference (" Ending the Global War on Drugs ") - law...
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Interesting piece in Al Jazeera: A continuing decline in trust in the Japanese government fuels political unrest and regionalism by TokyoTom

Trust is an essential piece of social capital; difficult to build, easier to lose, but essential to solving collective action problems. Increasingly, in Japan and elsewhere, people are starting to see that their trust in 'government', politiicians...
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Post-Fukushima, signs that 'Arab Spring' and #Occupy movements have arrived as Japanese seek to wrest control of civil society from Government. by TokyoTom

[Note: Kiyoshi Kurokawa , one of the co-aothors of the op-ed described below, headed up a recent and criticasl report regarding the Fukushima accident .] Have the concatenation of the Fukushima meltdows on the heels of the Tohoku earthquaketsunami disaster...
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#Occupy: journalist-turned-entrepreneur Kirk Cheyfitz says "one dollar, one vote" plutocracy is mobilizing to put down what Gen. Martin Dempsey calls "our Arab Spring" by TokyoTom

I recently ran across some interesting ancedotes and thoughts on the "Occupy" movement and the response to it from elites by investigative journalist-turned-new media consultant Kirk Cheyfitz . Cheyvitz is CEO and Chief Editorial Officer of...
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Reclaiming Social Capital: Matt Taibbi's Nov. 10 post at Rolling Stone: Occupy is "a rejection of what our society has become." by TokyoTom

Matt Taibbi's post last month in Rolling Stone is worth a read: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests Taibbi is still unable to put his finger on what I think the Ocuppy movement is about - a manifestation of the desire by hopeful...
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The cart, or the horse? A 'bleeding-heart' libertarian (who missed Block) blames the Left for Crony Capitalism by TokyoTom

I recently ran across a blog post Jason Brennan entitled: Dear Left: Corporatism Is Your Fault , at the "Bleeding Heart Libertarians" blog. The blog hosts the writings of various libertarians , such as Roderick Long and Gary Chartier , who "believe...
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Limited Liability, Redux: As Bob Monks says, "corporate governance has failed and it’s time to move on." So what's next? Unleash the Hounds! by TokyoTom

This is a precis of my preceding post . As I noted, veteran shareholder activist Robert A.G. Monks has concluded that - in brief (emphasis added): the people who exercise power for the corporations need to be accountable to somebody. Over the years, it...
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Leading Republican corporate governance expert throws in towel on shareholder oversight of listed companies, decries unaccountable CEOs, excessive corporate power and Government Capture by TokyoTom

Robert A.G. Monks is another well-known Republican now railing at runaway crony capitalism and its related corruption of government. I have referred to Monks twice previously: More by Bob Monks on the shareholder marginalization at the core of the crisis...
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Gonzalo Lira is a shrill conservative who loudly supports the "Occupy" Movement by TokyoTom

Allow me to shill for Gonzalo Lira , a Chilean-American novelist, filmmaker, founder of the Strategic Planning Group , and an economic blogger who contributes to Zero Hedge, naked capitalism, Seeking Alpha and Business Insider. I ran across an interesting...
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David Brooks echoes Hayek's warnings on 'Market Morals' in an observant piece on our crumbling order by TokyoTom

David Brooks has an excellent op-ed piece in the December 1 New York Times that speaks to the very worrisome and ongoing destruction of crucial social capital - what Hayek called "market morals ", and what Brooks calls the "spirit of enterprise"...